Remnants (Five Fragments on a Hymn)
Tenor Trombone and Piano
Grief is a complex process that is an intrinsic part of the human condition. We all feel this emotion in deeply personal ways, and yet there is universality to the experience. Remnants explores some of the various facets of grief in five interconnection sections. These five sections consider the five stages of grief (however, in a slightly altered order for dramatic purposes): denial, bargaining, depression, anger, and acceptance. And yet, like our experiences with grief, there is a couple of through-lines holding the piece together. The first is the hymn “Beautiful Savior,” which is present, if not noticeably so, in each section. The second are the pitches B-flat, C, F (particularly at the end of a section). These are the musical initials of Carroll “Butch” Faske and to whose memory this piece is dedicated.
In memoriam Carroll "Butch" Faske. Commissioned by his son and my good friend Bruce Faske.
Selected Performance, 2024 College Music Society's Southern Conference
Honorable Mention, 2023 Carlos Guastavino International Composition Competition
Selected Performance, 2023 Society of Composers, Inc. Region V Conference
Selected Performance, 2022 International Trombone Festival
Bruce Faske and Lauren Schack Clark - 26 February 2024; Jonesboro, AR
TBD - 22-24 February; Memphis, TN
Lucas Borges and Jiao Sun - 4 November 2023; Athens, OH
Bruce Faske and Lauren Schack Clark (Pre-Recorded) - 29 October 2023; Online
Bruce Faske and Lauren Schack Clark - 17 October 2022; Jonesboro, AR
Bruce Faske and Lauren Schack Clark - 16 July 2022; Conway, AR